Lisa Flanigan

Author Interview

Interviewed By – Sameeksha Manerkar

Lisa Flanigan

PhD, ย Author of the books “Learning to trust yourself” and “Learning to let go and grow”

๐Ÿ. ๐‚๐š๐ง ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ญ๐ž๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐ฎ๐ฌ ๐š ๐ฅ๐ข๐ญ๐ญ๐ฅ๐ž ๐›๐ข๐ญ ๐š๐›๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฅ๐Ÿ?
I am Lisa Flannigan, a clinical psychologist, wife, mother of three and grandmother to two.ย  I like to knit, read and take walks in nature. I am also someone who has struggled with self-acceptance, anxiety and depression.
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๐Ÿ. ๐‡๐จ๐ฐ ๐ฐ๐š๐ฌ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ž๐ฑ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐ข๐ž๐ง๐œ๐ž ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ฐ๐ซ๐ข๐ญ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฌ๐ฎ๐ ๐ ๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ/๐š๐๐ฏ๐ข๐œ๐ž ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ ๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐œ๐ฅ๐ข๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ฌ ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ๐จ๐ง๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐ข๐ง ๐š ๐›๐จ๐จ๐ค ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ๐ฆ?
It was very therapeutic for me.ย  I truly enjoyed the process.
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๐Ÿ‘. ๐–๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ฐ๐š๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐จ๐ง๐ž ๐ฌ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ฉ๐ซ๐ข๐ฌ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ฅ๐ž๐š๐ซ๐ง๐ž๐ ๐๐ฎ๐ซ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐œ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐›๐จ๐จ๐ค?
I learned to trust and enjoy my creative process.
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๐Ÿ’. ๐–๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ญ๐š๐ค๐ž ๐จ๐ง ๐๐ž๐ฉ๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ข๐จ๐ง? ๐‡๐จ๐ฐ ๐›๐š๐๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐œ๐š๐ง ๐ข๐ญ ๐š๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐ž๐œ๐ญ ๐š๐ง ๐ข๐ง๐๐ข๐ฏ๐ข๐๐ฎ๐š๐ฅ?
Depression is a serious illness and occurs on a continuum of severity.ย  It can be very devastating and unfortunately if left untreated can in some lead to suicide.
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๐Ÿ“. ๐‡๐จ๐ฐ ๐œ๐š๐ง ๐จ๐ง๐ž ๐ ๐ž๐ญ ๐ซ๐ข๐ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐๐ž๐ฉ๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ข๐จ๐ง?
Depression can be treated with therapy, and medicine.ย  It can also be helpful to include adjuncts to traditional treatment; such as meditation, journaling, life style changes, a support system, healthy foods and exercise.
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๐Ÿ”. ๐–๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฆ๐š๐ข๐ง ๐š๐ข๐ฆ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ฌ ๐›๐จ๐จ๐ค?
My intention in sharing this book was to hopefully; encourage, inspire and to provide comfort and support to people facing life challenges.
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๐Ÿ•. ๐–๐ก๐ข๐œ๐ก ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐Ÿ๐š๐ฏ๐จ๐ซ๐ข๐ญ๐ž ๐ฆ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ๐š๐ ๐ž ๐Ÿ๐ซ๐จ๐ฆ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐›๐จ๐จ๐ค?
โ€œ68โ€
โ€œWhen living your life feels daunting and more effort than ease, take a few moments to sink into your sacred center. Close your eyes, breathe fully and slowly, and let go of the outer world briefly. Let the stillness whisper a message of hope and encouragement. Listen to your heart. It is more real than the outer world. This is the core of who you are: perfect, calm, capable, and unlimited.โ€
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๐Ÿ–. ๐–๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ญ๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ซ๐ž๐ง๐ ๐ญ๐ก ๐š๐ฌ ๐š ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐š๐ฉ๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ?
I think my strength is also at times my weakness which is my sensitivity to peopleโ€™s emotions.
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๐Ÿ—. ๐€๐ง๐ฒ ๐ฆ๐ž๐ฆ๐จ๐ซ๐š๐›๐ฅ๐ž ๐ž๐ฑ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐ข๐ž๐ง๐œ๐ž ๐š๐ฌ ๐š ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐š๐ฉ๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ฐ๐จ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ ๐ฅ๐ข๐ค๐ž ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฌ๐ก๐š๐ซ๐ž?
I cannot give specific examples but can share that in general being present with someone as they release their painful experiences and begin to feel hopeful about their future.
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๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ. ๐‹๐š๐ฌ๐ญ๐ฅ๐ฒ, ๐ญ๐ž๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐ฎ๐ฌ ๐ฌ๐จ๐ฆ๐ž๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ง๐  ๐š๐›๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฅ๐Ÿ ๐ฐ๐ก๐ข๐œ๐ก ๐ง๐จ๐›๐จ๐๐ฒ ๐ค๐ง๐จ๐ฐ๐ฌ!
As a child I wanted to be a Veterinarian.

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